Jason Kenney

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  • Jason Thomas Kenney PC MLA (born May 30, 1968) is a Canadian politician, currently [2021-07-29] serving as the 18th Premier of Alberta since 2019, and Leader of the United Conservative Party since 2017. He was the last leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta, before the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta's merger with the Wildrose Party and subsequent dissolution later that year. He was elected the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-Lougheed in a by-election held on December 14, 2017.

    Jason Kenney previously represented the riding of Calgary Midnapore in the House of Commons of Canada from 1997 until 2016 (known as Calgary Southeast until 2015). Initially elected as a candidate of the Reform Party of Canada, Kenney was re-elected as a Canadian Alliance candidate in 2000, and then re-elected four times as the candidate of the Conservative Party of Canada.

    Following the Conservative victory in the 2006 general election, Kenney was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Prime Minister of Canada. On January 4, 2007, he was sworn into the Privy Council as the Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity. Kenney held the post of Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism from October 30, 2008, to July 15, 2013, when he became Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism. On February 9, 2015, he was named Minister of National Defence. Kenney was considered a potential party leader following the defeat of the Conservative government in October 2015 and resignation of Stephen Harper as leader.

    On July 6, 2016, Jason Kenney announced his intention to run for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta in that party's 2017 leadership election. Kenney resigned his seat in Parliament on September 23, 2016, after sitting in the House of Commons for 19 years. He was elected leader of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives  [Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta] on March 18, 2017, on a platform of merging with the Wildrose Party, a conservative-minded party active only in Alberta. He served as leader until the merger was effected on July 24, 2017, and was elected Leader of the United Conservative Party on 2017-10-28.

    On 2019-04-16, Kenney successfully led the United Conservative Party to majority government in the 2019 Alberta general election, defeating the previous government led by Rachel Notley of the New Democratic Party with 63 seats and 54.88% of the popular vote and securing only the fifth change of government in Alberta's political history. The premiership of Jason Kenney began on April 30, 2019 when was sworn in by Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Lois Mitchell forming the 30th Alberta Legislature and becoming the 18th Premier of Alberta.

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    Leader of the United Conservative Party

    On October 28, 2017, Kenney was elected as the first full-time leader of the new United Conservative Party of Alberta. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the riding of Calgary-Lougheed in a by-election held on December 14, 2017, after MLA Dave Rodney resigned his seat in order to create a vacancy for Kenney. Normal practice in the Westminster system calls for an MP holding a safe seat to resign in order to give a newly elected leader a chance to enter the legislature.

    Controversies

    "Kamikaze campaign" scandal

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Alberta Election Commissioner are investigating allegations that Jason Kenney and his team were involved in orchestrating Jeff Callaway's campaign for the leadership of the United Conservative Party in an attempt to harm Kenney's biggest rival, Brian Jean. Documents obtained by The Star confirm that Kenney's campaign controlled major aspects of Callaway's campaign, including the providing of strategic plans, attack ads, speeches, and talking points intended to discredit Jean. These documents have since been handed over the election commissioner, according to Callaway's former campaign manager, Cameron Davies. Davies also said that Kenney had attended a meeting at Callaway's house in July 2017 where the "kamikaze campaign" was discussed and that Kenney had first-hand knowledge of this strategy.

    A leaked document alleged that Jason Kenney's team first approached Derek Fildebrandt in July 2017 about running a "dark-horse" campaign but ultimately decided against working with him. Fildebrandt confirmed this account but stated that it was he who rejected the idea.

    An emergency injunction was sought to halt the probe into the financing of Callaway's UCP leadership campaign for the duration of the 2019 Alberta general election, but was denied by Court of Queen's Bench Justice Anne Kirker who ruled it was in the public interest for the investigation to continue.

    Fraudulent E-mails Used In Leadership Race

    CBC News and CTV News have received documents indicating that fraudulent e-mail addresses attached to party memberships were used to cast ballots in the party's leadership race in 2017, which Jason Kenney won. CBC News picked a sample of e-mail addresses based on suspicious domains, and determined that 60% of those were used to cast ballots in the leadership election. Former UCP MLA Prab Gill sent a letter to the RCMP outlining allegations that the Kenney leadership campaign used fraudulent e-mail addresses to intercept PINs needed to vote in the leadership race, and that they were subsequently used by the Kenney campaign to vote for Kenney.

    Many of the suspicious domains were traced to a network with ever-changing domains and it is unclear who registered these domains. The majority of the fraudulent e-mail addresses were registered in the weeks preceding the leadership vote. CBC noted that it is not clear how widespread the voting fraud is outside of their selected sample of suspicious domains -- it is also possible that common e-mail providers such as Gmail or Hotmail were used with fraudulent addresses. A dozen individuals were contacted by CBC News to confirm whether or not they voted in the race -- they all confirmed that they did not vote in the race and the e-mails on the voter's list were not their true e-mails.

    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police went to question at least one family to speak with them regarding the allegations of voter fraud.

    Policy Positions

    Kenney has been a social conservative in his political career, voting in favor of abortion restrictions and against same-sex marriage.

    Abortion

    Kenney is an anti-abortion politician, voting in favour of abortion restrictions and receiving an endorsement from the socially conservative lobbyist group Campaign Life Coalition. In 2018, a bill to create "no-protest zones" around abortion clinics was introduced to the Alberta legislature following similar legislation in place in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. As leader of the United Conservative Party, Kenney refused to debate on the bill and led his caucus to walkout of the house 14 times over the course of two months when the bill was at issue.

    LGBTQ Issues

  • See also:  Analysis: Why Is Jason Kenney So Viscerally Homophobic / Transphobic?.  Related question: Is Jason Kenney Gay?

  • Jason Kenney voted against same-sex marriage as an MP, saying "A majority of Canadians support the provision of benefits on grounds such as domestic partnership relationships, which are grounded on unions of economic dependency rather than relationships of a mere conjugal nature, and yet still two-thirds of Canadians, from every culture that exists in this country, from every corner of the globe who have come to this country to build a future for themselves and their families, recognize that marriage is, as the Supreme Court said the last time it spoke to this issue in the Egan case in 1995, "by nature a heterosexual institution."

    In 2016, Kenney supported the removal of "traditional definition of marriage" from the conservative party policy book.

    Kenney was criticized by the provincial New Democratic Party  (NDP), some LGBTQ activists, and some journalists for saying in a Postmedia interview that parents generally have a right to know if their child has joined a Gay-Straight Alliance; unless it would be contrary to the best interests of the child in the circumstances.

    In November 2018, Kenney faced pressure to expel an outspoken member of the United Conservative Party who compared the gay pride flag to the flag of Nazi Germany. Although Kenney had previously directed the party to cancel the membership of another member, he said that the decision to expel members rested with the party's board.

    A two-decade-old audio recording surfaced in December 2018 of Kenney boasting about overturning a gay marriage law in 1989 in San Francisco. Kenney was referring to his role in organizing a petition to repeal the city ordinance that extended recognition rights of heterosexual couples to same-sex couples. This ordinance, originating during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, extended rights that were previously exclusive to heterosexual couples, such as hospital visitation, to same-sex couples. Kenney addressed the audio clip by stating that he regrets the comments he made and that since then, his record shows he supports domestic partner arrangements and benefits for couples regardless of sexual orientation. The comments led to backlash from outside and within the United Conservative Party; leading a board member and campaign manager for the party to resign his positions and membership with the party, citing the audio recording of Kenney as his reason for departure. However, Kenney has stated that he supports those issues.

    Premiership of Jason Kenney

  • Main article: Premiership of Jason Kenney

  • Under the leadership of Kenney, the United Conservative Party won a majority government in the 2019 Alberta general election which was held on On April 16, 2019. They won 63 seats and 54.88% of the popular vote. The premiership of Jason Kenney began on April 30, 2019 when was sworn in by Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Lois Mitchell forming the 30th Alberta Legislature-becoming the 18th Premier of Alberta.

    During the 1st Session of the 30th Alberta Legislature the Kenney government passed about dozens of pieces of legislation, including the Act to Repeal the Carbon Tax, the Alberta Corporate Tax Amendment, and the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act, Premier Kenney established a one-year $2.5 million Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns and a Calgary-based $30 million 'war room' to "fight misinformation related to oil and gas." They announced their first provincial budget on October 24, 2019 which fulfilled their "promise of slight austerity" with "cuts to spending programs and the elimination of hundreds of bureaucracy jobs," according to The National Post. The Post said that these and the corporate tax cuts "were the key planks of a four-year plan to bring the budget into balance." The goal is to reduce government spending by $4-billion over four years.

    Personal life

    Kenney has never married. He was inspired to enter politics at a young age following a brief discussion with former prime minister John Diefenbaker. Kenney is considered fluently bilingual.


    United Conservative Party

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  • See also [Derek Fildebrandt]: United Conservative Party

  • The United Conservative Party (French: Parti Conservateur Uni) is a conservative political party in the province of Alberta, Canada. It was established in July 2017 as a merger between the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta and the Wildrose Party. When established, the UCP immediately formed the Official Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. The UCP won a majority mandate in the April 16, 2019 election to form the government of Alberta. The premiership of Jason Kenney began on April 30, 2019 when Jason Kenney and his first cabinet were sworn in by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Lois Mitchell.

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    Policy and identity

    The UCP held its founding convention to set its official policies on May 5, 2018.

    The UCP drew criticism over Kenney's proposal to allow schools to notify parents when their children joined Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs.

    In response, Alberta Premier [2015-2019] Rachel Notley's government drafted and passed Bill 24, which forbade teachers from outing children who were members of the GSAs.

    The Alberta GSA matter once again caused controversy after the UCP Policy Convention in May 2018, when UCP members voted to adopt the policy of having schools inform parents when their children have joined a GSA. UCP MLAs Ric McIver, Jason Nixon, and Leela Aheer all opposed the policy, and despite urging members to vote against adopting the policy, it was passed with 57% of the vote.

    Other notable positions taken by the UCP in their first year as government include the following.

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    Analysis: Why Is Jason Kenney So Viscerally Homophobic / Transphobic?

    Related question: Is Jason Kenney Gay (Not That There Is Anything is Wrong With That)?

  • COMMENTARY (BuriedTruth).  Please note that aspersions to Jason Kenney's sexuality in this subsection are entirely speculative | unsubstantiated | circumstantial -- please read critically, and form your own opinions on this matter!

  • See also, [1999-01-23] re: Jason Kenney and Rob Anders:



  • Anecdotally, it appears likely that the most venomous and vitriolic anti-LGBT+ mountebanks harbor deeply-rooted issues with internalized homophobia [ditto, re: internalized transphobia, viz-a-viz gender dysphoria] -- colloquially, "self-hating homosexuals."

    Here are just a few of the articles supporting this supposition.


    Jason Kenney -- based on his private life (what little is publicly known about it), public statements, and political policies and agendae -- certainly appears to fall within "internalized homophobia" characterization -- discussed above. Whether Jason Kenney is gay, straight, trans ... fundamentally: Who cares?

    The key issue is not Jason Kenney's sexuality / gender identity, but his ideology, policies, comments and actions that harm those of us [I am a transsexual female] who are marginalized by Kenney and others of his ilk.

    This includes not only all Bible-thumping, diehard radical Evangelicals (generally the most strident, vocal and vociferous homophobes and transphobes), but also anti-LGBT+ organizations such as the Catholic Church and other evangelicals, and "dark money" nonprofits like the Heritage Foundation -- which spawned highly vindictive, highly damaging Trump administration transphobes such as Roger Severino,   Betsy DeVos, and others..


    Additional Reading

  • [pinned]  Analysis: Why Is Jason Kenney So Viscerally Homophobic / Transphobic?.  Related question: Is Jason Kenney Gay?


  • [JacobinMag.com, 2022-02-21] Alberta's Jason Kenney Wants to Import American-Style Health Care to Canada.  Alberta's United Conservative Party is using the health care crisis caused by the pandemic to its ideological advantage. Citing backlogs in surgeries - resulting from overrun hospitals - the party is seeking to privatize the province's health care system.  |  Alberta premier Jason Kenney signaled his aim to privatize the province‚Äôs health care by handing out public funds to for-profit companies.

  • [CBC.ca, 2022-02-15] Jason Kenney sees opportunity in political chaos.  Everything is in flux, and the Alberta premier couldn't be happier.

  • [CanadianDimension.com, 2022-01-13] Jason Kenney: Wrong again.  Some advice for the premier: when the whole world is telling you you're wrong, you probably are.

  • [theTyee.ca, 2021-12-28] The Kenney Countdown: Alberta's Top 10 Scandals of 2021.  Ranking the United Conservative Party's stumbles.

  • [CBC.ca, 2021-12-08] The ideological war between Conservative factions can only be won at the ballot box.  The stress of the COVID crisis has brought internal party divisions to the forefront.  |  This column is an opinion by David Cymbaluk. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ.  |  David Cymbaluk is an Alberta farmer and blogger with a degree in psychology and a broad interest in current affairs. He was a member of the Alberta PC party from the late 1990s to 2012 and was active in the Stony Plain constituency association, its board and executive committee.

  • [theTyee.ca,2021-11-26] Kenney Wants a New Law. It's His Latest Attack on Democracy.  Alberta's premier presses for rules to muzzle his critics and favour his wealthy backers. Behold Bill 81.

  • [CBC.ca, 2021-11-21] Jason Kenney pleads for unity as his leadership is under increasing scrutiny.  There were so many elephants in the room at UCP general meeting, it looked like a safari.

  • [CTVNews.ca, 2021-11-04] Alberta's Kenney denies scapegoating chief medical officer for COVID-19 failures.  Premier Jason Kenney is rejecting accusations that he is blaming the province's chief medical officer of health for Alberta's failures in the handling of the fourth wave of COVID-19.

  • [PressProgress.ca, 2021-10-21] Jason Kenney's Anti-Alberta Inquiry Finds No Illegal Activity, Little Foreign Funding To Environmental Activists.  "I Don't Care if the Activity is Legal or Illegal" Energy Minister Says.

  • [Vice.com, 2021-09-21] Jason Kenney's Job Is in Danger. So He's Firing People.  The Alberta premier replaced his minister of health amid calls for Kenney, himself, to resign. It's all happening as the province sinks deeper into the fourth COVID wave. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is ignoring calls to step down following a federal election outcome that's especially devastating for his United Conservative Party, all while the province suffers from a preventable fourth wave of COVID-19 driven by the Delta variant. ...

  • [Vice.com, 2021-09-16] Jason Kenney Sorta Admits His 'Mistake' Led to Alberta's Health System Falling Apart.  The Albertan premier famously declared COVID essentially over and promised the #bestsummerever back in July. Now, predictably, hospitals are overflowing and the system is on the verge of crashing.

  • [Vice.com, 2021-09-10] Alberta Acted Like COVID Was Over. Now Its Health Care System 'On Brink of Collapse'.  Alberta has cancelled all elective surgeries in the Calgary region as COVID-19 hospitalizations soar.

  • [CanadianDimension.com, 2021-09-06] Hey Conservatives, you've got an Alberta problem.  Jason Kenney's failure in Canada's conservative heartland could be bad news for Erin O'Toole.

  • [CBC.ca, 2020-10-05]  A lot of Jason Kenney's claims about the oil and gas industry are cherry-picked, misleading or wrong.  The Alberta premier may veer into hyperbole, but his general point still stands.

  • [2019-04-06]  Radio host Charles Adler on his fiery interview with Alberta UCP Leader Jason Kenney.  Global broadcaster challenged Kenney on decision to stand by candidate who performed homophobic sermon.

  • [2019-03-17]  Jason Kenney vs. Rachel Notley: A little story about character.  It's what they've done when no one was watching that tells us the most about their leadership.

  • [1999-01-23]  No sex, please, we're Reformers: In this age of presidential promiscuity, an "eccentric minority" of politicos chooses chastity.  [Ottawa Citizen reporter] Glen McGregor dares to ask why.


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